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"Stephen Samerjan: Forces of Nature - Telling Tales"
2001-03-23 until 2001-06-03
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
USA United States of America
Stephen Samerjan's interest in the arrangement of line, form, and color is explored on both canvas and paper. Samerjan draws his inspiration
from the flora and fauna of his native California where he visits regularly and from the shared artistic preoccupation with the human form, the
organization of space, and basic to complex mark marking found throughout history from prehistoric Africa, to classical Greece and the early
astronomers, to modern day. His works have a physicality wherein, according to critic James Wood, the growth, development, and the
metamorphosis from the precision of geometry to the spirituality of a kind of life-essence seem to occur organically.
Stephen Samerjan has been an associate professor of painting and drawing at the University of WisconsinMilwaukee for over twenty years
while concurrently establishing himself as a significant Wisconsin artist. Samerjan has said that painting is about freedom and beauty...about
taking risks and making connections...It is my ambition as well that a painting I make should allow me to see something in a way I have not...
John Michael Kohler Arts Center: A 33-year-old, nationally acclaimed visual and performing arts complex, JMKAC is devoted to
innovative explorations in contemporary American art. Its exhibitions focus on a wide range of concepts and directions, with particular
emphasis on new genres, installation art, unconventional photography, the crafts, ongoing folk traditions, and the work of self-taught artists.
The performing arts also emphasize contemporary art forms in programming that unites the regional arts community and national visiting
artists. With the completion of its expansion, the new 99,000-square-foot Arts Center comprises ten galleries, an intimate theatre, a flexible
interdisciplinary performance space, studio-classrooms, meeting spaces, Flying Colors shop, and Carriage House Café.